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April 13th, 2016

Our final destination for this trip was Sedona.  It is beautiful country.  We hiked every day, though two days the hikes were cut short because it began to rain.  One evening we attended a great meal at a local winery.  The cooks gave us tips on creating a “roasted” salad and tips on barbecuing.  Our salmon pieces were excellent!  We also attended a local Taize service at an Anglican Church (forgot to photo) and visited a Buddhist stupa and Meditation spot.  Some tourists like to hire “Pink Jeeps” to travel over the rough terrain.  We like to hike it by foot!  We saw a lovely sunset our last evening.

 

 

Friends, Old and New (continued) – Phoenix

April 12th, 2016

We spent two nights in Phoenix and met new friends (Deb and Rachel) through the SERVAS organization.  Besides, learning to know them, we visited the Museum of Musical Instruments and took one hike in the Squaw Peak area.

thumb pianos

thumb pianos

The Museum of Musical Instruments opened only 6 years ago and is one not to be missed.  At any one time more than 6,500 instruments from over 200 countries are on display.  Generally, the displays are arranged geographically with a few special spaces.  Museum goers are given special headsets.  These audio guides provide the sound tracks for videos at more than 300 sites.  The guides automatically cue to the exact sound track when viewing a video so that each visitor has their own tour.  Many of the instruments were donated by the makers or the musicians who owned them.

We took a short hike with Deb and Rachel on a trail which was familiar to us.  Even though they have lived in Phoenix for a number of years and have gone on hikes, this trail was new to them.  In the evening they invited some of their friends to share supper with us.  In the morning, Sally Jo picked tangelos and grapefruits to take with us.

Friends, Old and New (continued) – Tucson

April 11th, 2016

As we are writing this blog, we realized we have a theme—Friends.  We visited many friends along the way and also in Tucson.  But when we looked at our photos from Tucson, we discovered we have pictures of only one friend!  I guess we spent too much time talking, playing pickle ball, or watching March Madness basketball with them.  We do have photos of Harold’s new tree house and his lovely home.

When we were not with our friends we hiked.  We did one short hike in the Tucson Mountains, and then three longer hikes in the Sabino and Bear Canyons area—Seven Falls, Blackett’s Ridge, and Phoneline trails.  We have many, many photos of cacti, flowers, hills, trails.  It was a beautiful time to be hiking; it was not too hot, the desert flowers were blooming.  One day we drove up Mt Lemmon to the 9,000 ft summit and even saw snow.

Friends, Old and New (continued) – Douglas

April 10th, 2016

In Douglas we got an introduction to border issues while staying with Jack and Linda.  They have been living in Douglas for several years working with Mennonites and Presbyterians in relating to migrants and in helping others understand what is happening.

Wall in Douglas, road for Patrol

Wall in Douglas, road for Patrol

Every morning they walk the nine blocks to the “Wall” where they pray.  When they first started the practice, the Border Patrol was very suspicious.  The Patrol now accept them and rarely ask questions. From the Wall we toured a large cemetery where at several places there are graves for unknown migrants who have tried to cross the border.

We crossed the border and spent time in Agua Pria visiting organizations working with migrants.  Immediately, across the border, beside the gate, is the Resource Center for Migrants (Centro de Recursos para Migrantes).  Here, migrants who have been brought back to Mexico are able to make phone calls to family, receive clothes, obtain food, and gain help in their return.

Some of the male migrants who have returned, are housed in a Catholic Church compound.  Here some are learning to make furniture from wood pallets.  We passed the C.R.R.E.D.A., considered one of the best centers serving people with drug and alcohol problems.  We visited a small urban project run by a group of local women focusing on gardening, chickens, and small sewing projects.  They are currently working on a special order of Donald Trump dolls / pin cushions for a retailer in Tucson.  We stopped at Justo Coffee which buys Mexican coffee beans and roasts, bags, and sells coffee in the U.S.  We ate Sonoran hot dogs from a street vendor and then had Mexican ice cream.

Wall on Mexican side

Wall on Mexican side

We viewed the “Wall” from the Mexican side.  Several artists have painted nature scenes on the Wall.  We were told that they had also painted on the U.S. side but those were removed by Border Patrol.

Late afternoon we returned to the U.S. and drove east about 5 miles along the wall.  What a sobering experience to look at this artificial border extending for hundreds of miles.  There are 20-feet high metal sections to lower vehicle-prohibiting sections to barbed wire to nothing.  Sensors and cameras are located all along the border.

We ended our day with a visit to the historic Gadsden Hotel in Douglas.  It was opened in 1907, burnt, and rebuilt in 1929.  There is a solid white Italian marble staircase and four soaring marble columns. An authentic Tiffany stained glass mural extends forty-two feet across one wall of the massive mezzanine.  The hotel has been in several movies and is purported to be haunted!  It is also said that Pancho Villa rode his horse up the staircase, shooting his gun!

On our way to Tucson the next day we stopped briefly in Bisbee, viewing the large open-pit copper mine which finally closed operations in 1975.  We had coffee and walked some of the streets of old Bisbee. Bisbee and Douglas were in their heyday when the mine was in full operation.

 

Friends, Old and New (continued)

April 9th, 2016

We next drove to friends, Peter and Francis, living near Portal, Arizona.  However, on the way we stopped at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.  We spent several hours hiking and driving around the area.  We saw a fair number of water birds.

the ranch

the ranch

Our friends live on a huge ranch in southeastern Arizona on the eastern edge of the Chiricahua Mountains.  They have several hundred cattle, plus horses, llamas, alpacas, chickens, and camels, plus dogs and cats.  We shadowed them during the day as they went about various jobs they needed to do.  They both have other professions (nurse practitioner and construction) so spend most of their weekend working on the ranch.  We went along as they carried some extra food/nutrition to a group of cattle.  Sally Jo got to bottle-feed a 10-day old orphaned calf.  We went along when they went to an older part of the ranch where they were looking for a leak in the water system but also had time to show us remains from an early 1900s stone home and the pottery remains from Native Americans from the 1300s.  We climbed a hill near their home to look at remains from early mining days.

We also hiked a few hours in the Chiricahua National Forest on the way to Douglas.

Friends, New and Old

April 8th, 2016

We took our time traveling to our final destinations in Arizona. We stopped first in Hannibal, MO. We walked around the small town viewing spots connected with Mark Twain and his writings.

Our next stop was Newton, KS. We stayed with friends Jim and Judy. They and we went to Kenya in 1967 in MCC’s Teachers Abroad Program. Jim and Judy were the closest MCCers to us in western Kenya and we visited often. We also spent two weeks travelling together through four game parks in a very small car (Renault 4) with camping gear. We learned to know each other very well! We had not seen Judy for about 20 years and Jim for 15 years. Needless to say, we talked a lot. (Therefore, we forgot to take any photos!)

On to Santa Fe NM and two nights with Doyle and Mary Jo. While there we visited El Santuario de Chimayo and Los Alamos. El Santuario was built two hundred years ago so that local people could worship the Black Christ as depicted at Esquipulas, an important Catholic pilgrimage town in Guatemala. It has a reputation as a healing site and has become known as the “Lourdes of America.” Up to 30,000 people visit during Holy Week, many walking 30 – 100 miles. (We saw many on the road.) According to one source, Chimayo is “no doubt the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States.”

Los Alamos is home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, established in 1943 for the Manhattan Project. All information about the town was classified until the bombing of Hiroshima. After the Manhattan Project was completed, the area was abandoned until 1963 when people began to re-inhabit and rebuild new homes and buildings. The laboratory is one of the largest science and technology institutions in the world. It conducts multidisciplinary research in fields such as national security, space exploration, renewable energy, medicine, nanotechnology, and supercomputing. The Laboratory has an excellent museum where we watched a couple of short videos and saw the wall where both pros and cons for nuclear research were displayed, plus other displays. (No photos)

On the way to Albuquerque we briefly stopped in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. We wished we had more time there. We had lunch with Jim whom we knew from Goshen High School and College. We recently learned that he had lived in a number of places in the world where we also had lived. As we talked the overlap of experiences became even greater. What fun to reminisce. We spent the afternoon in the Botanical Garden, a 37-acre garden with a wide variety of plants and pleasant walks. We stayed with Pete and Patricia who have just moved to Albuquerque. In fact, the last of their furnishings were due to arrive the next morning. We were able to visit the Community College where Patricia is presently teaching.

 

Jakarta

November 29th, 2015
Wietje

Wietje

We spent a short 24 hours in Jakarta on our way home. Our friend Wietje had come to Goshen in the late 1990s when her children were attending Goshen College. She lived here for 8 years before she was forced to leave. We have maintained contact with her – and her children – since then. We even visited her in 2009 when she lived in China for a few years with her daughter and family. She and her daughter and family have moved to Jakarta.

Jakarta is a huge bustling capital city of about 10 million. There is a large mix of cultures, of architecture, of rich and poor, and much history.

We stayed in a small apartment on the 32nd floor of a high rise. Wietje and family live in another building of the same complex. We didn’t have time to see much of the city. Wietje took us to several malls. (Shopping/visiting in malls seems to be a favorite pastime for many Indonesians!) The malls were getting ready for Christmas.

Our last lunch was at a seafood restaurant on the ocean. We could choose whatever seafood we wanted—still swimming or on ice—and then have it cooked in whatever way we chose. It was a great feast!

Papua

November 27th, 2015

Spending six days in Papua was a wonderful way to conclude our 2 ½ months in Indonesia. We were even able to stay in the same apartment where we had lived in 2005-06. It was so familiar. During our time we were able to meet many of our Papuan friends, visit familiar places, make new friends, and visit new places.

sunset over lake

sunset over lake

We spent our first afternoon taking a boat ride on Lake Sentani and then eating supper in our favorite fish restaurant on the edge of the lake. The weather was perfect with bright blue skies and a lovely sunset.

When we were in Papua in 2005-06, Sally Jo helped a local NGO create a small community library in a home. (This NGO was created by Albertino, a former MCC IVEPer who spent his year in Goshen.) She taught a group of volunteers how to create an inventory on the computer, how to classify books simply, and how to have a simple check-out system. This small library has grown and now has two branches in other neighborhoods. We visited one of the libraries. It is gratifying to hear of the excitement of children wanting to read. The volunteers are excited to have and run the library. They are open every Saturday afternoon from 2-5. One Saturday a month they do various activities with the children—reading to them, crafting, drawing, playing games, and just free time to read. They said they often need to tell the children they must leave at 5 before it gets dark.

While visiting the library we also met two Global Family children. The children receive MCC support to attend school.

We spent most of one day with an MCC SALTer (one-year exchange volunteer) at an organization that works with women. They teach women to read, to create crafts, to sew, etc. Another day we visited the work place of another MCC SALTer. He works with an organization that supports persons with HIV/AIDS. He spends most mornings at a hospital where people come for testing and medicines. Many AIDS patients also develop TB; thus, the nose and mouth mask. In the afternoon he works at the NGO’s office which we also visited. We saw the bag of food (provided with MCC money) given to needy patients once a month.

Diana

Diana

In 2005-06 we became friends with two young university women who were studying English. We have kept in contact and were able to meet with one of them (Diana). Since 2006 she has gained her Masters in Australia and returned to Papua to work. Currently, she is working with two others running programs in primary schools. One month they focused on books doing many activities. She said that at one point she was a bit frustrated with one boy who was having difficulty with reading. However, on the last day of the program, the boy’s father attended and she saw how the boy was teaching his father to read! Another month they focused on the environment, especially cleaning up beaches. The children, parents, and teachers are enthusiastic with their activities. It was so good to hear her philosophy. She said that so many people just complain about the government but don’t do anything. She said they want to focus on ways they can improve Papuans’ life—not complain.

We spent time with two MCC service workers who teach at a seminary. We attended an extra-curricular English conversation class which one of them holds. We sat and talked and ate with them.

On our final day the Papuan MCC team (4 persons) and we hired a taxi and then a boat and spent the day at a beach by the ocean. Fun was had by all!

Miscellaneous

November 14th, 2015

 

There have been a number of photos we took which did not seem to warrant a separate blog or didn’t fit a blog or didn’t get on Facebook. These are a variety of memories.

Besides the number of small shops along the streets, there are several large “department stores.”

We’ve attended various churches. The GKMI church in Salatiga has been closely associated with MCC for many years. This is the one we attended the most often. One Sunday we drove about 20 minutes to a Catholic monastery outside Salatiga and located higher up in the hills. The service was packed (I didn’t take photos). The grounds are lovely. And after the service they sell kefir which they make and is very good!

One day we went along to Yogya to collect furniture of a former MCCer. We were amazed at the men just lifting the motor cycle on to the truck. In the previous blog we had photos of the organization of the storage rooms back at the office when we brought back these household items. During the last week the gardener cleaned out all the brush from the back courtyard of the office.  I had forgotten how pretty it can be.

Another day a young man was hired to cut most of the branches from a tree outside our office window. The gardener had recently found a man in that tree pretending to look for birds but mostly likely was looking for a way on to the roof and in to our building. The man who cut the tree used only a panga to hack off the limbs – some up to a foot in diameter!

Just a number of photos along the roadside as we traveled to various places.

We have had photos of the two dogs that live at this house. It has been a learning experience in taking care of them. In the process, Sally Jo discovered she is allergic to the hair and broke out in hives. (The one dog, especially, liked to sleep on the furniture.) So she had a sheet that she always put down on the chairs before sitting. After a few weeks, we came home one day to find that the house help had arranged the furniture so that the dogs would not sleep on the cushions! Later on, Ibu Wasti washed all the cushion covers and put all the cushions in another room so that every time we wanted to sit down, we had to get the cushions. She was very helpful!

We had a photo of a cockroach in our last blog. However, we also saw small chameleons and other lizards. The smaller ones which lived in the house were too fast to get a photo. They are considered helpful in that they eat mosquitoes.

One day we attended a youth conference in Solo organized by one of MCC’s partners. It brought together 100 young people from various parts of Indonesia for three days to learn about interfaith peacemaking. There were young people from Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, and Hindu faiths. It was exciting to see their enthusiasm.

We mentioned once that we stepped in and “taught” an English class at the local university for one of the MCCers who was ill. It was fun.

Just some miscellaneous photos of MCC team members. Brooklyn, 1½ yr, came trick-or-treating. One of the YALTers is in to acro yoga and taught some others. Zachary is the newest member of the MCC team. Here he is at less than 2 days old!

 

And then we always have photos of food! The food is good and relatively cheap. Our simple lunches were usually under $2.00. Our good meal of grilled fish, vegetables, rice, and lemonade cost less than $7.00 for the two of us!

Ordinary day

November 10th, 2015

What does an ordinary day look like for us here in Salatiga? That’s a little hard to say because two days are seldom alike. However, putting together happenings of several days may give you a flavor of what we experience.

looking towards street

looking towards street

We may wake up to the 4:00 a.m. Islam call to prayer. The closest mosque is almost “in our front yard” and there are two others within 5 blocks of us. Lately, we actually sleep through that but wake up to hear the ringing of the food cart which is brought along the street about 5:15 a.m. By the way, our bedroom is very close to the street and we keep the windows open for cool air. (The photo looking toward the street is not taken in early morning, but you can see how close the mosque is! It is the red roof with white cupola.)

tired!

tired!

After our morning tea, 3 or 4 days a week we take the two dogs for a half hour walk. It’s a nice cool time of day. We have a defined route we take which takes us through small streets and through some rice paddies. The dogs are always on the lookout for cats and chickens of which there are plenty of both on the walk. They come back to the house, tired and flop on the floor.

snack break

snack break

We clean up (watching for cockroaches in the shower), eat breakfast, talk a bit with our house-help who arrives about 8:30 and then walk to the office. It’s about a 15-minute walk—uphill to the office and downhill coming home. Schools start at 7:00 in the morning, so that when we walk by at 9:00, the kids are on morning break. They gather around the food carts buying various foods. A couple of the vendors are beginning to know us. They comment if we are late or if only one of us is walking. We pass a large open field where many different kinds of activities take place. School children have their P.E classes there, concerts are held, people walk the track for exercise, public celebrations are held, and many activities we don’t know about. There are food carts around the edge. (The photos showing our walk are in order as we go to the office.  However, we are sure it doesn’t matter to anyone else but us!)

office

office

The day is usually spent in the office. However, often unexpected things arise:
– We may get word that MCC has a new recruit. Can we contact the organization to see about suitability. (We have placed two new workers since we are here.)
– We learn that a service worker (and family) is not feeling well. (Twice we’ve had someone need to go to the hospital 1 -2 hours away.)
– We learn of the sudden death of the father of a future IVEPer. Someone needs to attend the funeral 4 hours away.
– MCC Akron writes that they need some documents immediately.
– We learn that a service worker’s visa will not be extended after December unless government gives special approval. This requires meetings with the organization.
– The electricity suddenly goes off which means our laptops won’t last long because of small battery and those with desktops also won’t work. (This happened only once—and we all went home!)
But we also have happenings that are planned:
– Meetings are  scheduled– in town or out of town
– We helped moved furniture from the home of service worker who left.
– We organized the storage rooms at the office.
– Sally Jo weeded and then inventoried the library.

warung

warung

We usually come home for lunch. That’s a half hour walk in the heat of the day. When we return to the office we need to spend time cooling down! A couple of days a week we do stay in town for lunch. We usually go to a small “warung” for gado-gado or nasi goreng.

When we return home at end of the day, we have our afternoon tea on our front porch. The dogs know that when we have tea, we also have good things to eat and hope for a bite! The dogs enjoy watching activities on the street—and always are on the lookout for cats! Our evenings are relaxation time—either reading, writing, or playing games.

We have very good house-help. She loves to cook and is very good. She does both American and Indonesian foods. We have eaten well here.